Author Archives: elizabeth stokkebye

About elizabeth stokkebye

Grew up on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales. Spent childhood and youth in Denmark. MA in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the University of Washington. Taught Reading and Composition at UC Berkeley. Write under the influence of human emotions.

Min Farmors Eventyr aka My Grandmother’s Adventure

I have finished a short book on my grandmother, like a trailer for a movie. I have written it in Danish and will expand on her story in Danish. I have decided to write her story in Danish first before … Continue reading

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The Attic

Behind the huge door of my grandparents’ apartment building, a world of mystery, adventure and excitement lay hidden. From the outside, the majestic, white, three-story building appeared calm and peaceful with its undisturbed row of leaded windows. However, as soon … Continue reading

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Choice

    Ingeborg looks in the mirror and sees a young woman in a white summer dress caressing her ankles, draping her body like a soft breeze. “He loves me, he loves me not,” repeats through her head, “he will … Continue reading

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A Letter

Dear Mrs. M, It is so wonderful here – the other day we climbed a mountain, by car, through steep turns on narrow roads having the East Coast below us, deep, deep down on the one side and the ominous … Continue reading

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Erik and Paul

On the ship going to Sumatra, Inge hung out with her good friend, Martha. She was happy to have someone to talk to and that Martha was there to listen. So much to say and so little time before the … Continue reading

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Den Gamle Kro

Den Gamle Kro (The Old Inn) was bought and created by Erik Stokkebye, Inge’s husband, in 1937 and owned until 1948. Here is a link to that restaurant of today: http://www.dengamlekro.eu/9-historie.html Two other restaurants they owned, created and designed: http://www.underlindetraet.dk/forside.aspxContinue reading

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SIBLINGS

My grandmother’s four children, my father and his three sisters in the 1960’s. They have all transitioned. A generation gone. But together again. I knew them well. I’m one of them. Forever. Until we meet again.

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On her death bed

“I chose him, because life with him seemed like an adventure,” it came like a mere whisper out of her very dry mouth. “Do you want some water, grandma?” I asked. “He had me come all the way to Sumatra … Continue reading

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‘Klods Hans’, my grandmother’s arts and crafts store for 30 years

My grandmother started her own boutique in 1946, right after the second world war. Her store was right next to Hans Christian Andersen’s house in the city of Odense in Denmark. She sold arts and crafts, like hand-made dolls dressed … Continue reading

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Min farmors historie

My paternal grandmother with whom I relate more than with my mother and whose story I want to tell is talking through me, as I am her and she is me. She married into wealth but was never a trophy … Continue reading

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